Speculative fiction writer, translator, and editor

[3] Conflict is established

Main characters commit themselves to confronting conflict. The first significant choice.

The first turning point that every story is the one that gets the heroes off their a$&es and sends them off to confront something. It establishes the conflict they are working to resolve – a villain they have to defeat, a disaster they have to avert, or some other goal – and it also gives them a reason to care. Basically, this is your motivation and incitement wrapped into one. This is the thing that kicks off the adventure. And it can take any form. It can be in the form of a treasure map the heroes find, a stranger who hires them, or even a sudden attack by the minions of the villain. It doesn’t even have to move the heroes toward the REAL conflict of the adventure. That can be revealed later. It just has to get the heroes moving on the road to adventure.

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